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Old April 11th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #1
 
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Ruger LCR grips suck...

I'm looking for a new pocket pistol. I'm looking at the KAHR PM9 and the Ruger LCR and for the price, I like the LCR. Problem is, the grips SUCK.

I dont need or wait the CT grips and the factory Houge grips are just too bulky.

Does anyone know if anyone else is working on slimmer grips? If Ruger had some, I'd be all over buying one.



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Old April 12th, 2010, 12:22 PM   #2
 
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I should clarify my first post a little. The grips don't suck in general, I just mean for concealed carry. They are ok for the range but too bulky if you want to pocket carry in my opinion.

That said, I just got this email from Ron at Hogue Grips:

You are in luck. Ruger should have these for sale in 30-60 days. We made a new smaller conceal carry grip for RUGER direct for these LCR's. They also will be available from Ruger retail in AZ., in the 30-60 day time also.

Thank you,

Ron Herman
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ron@hogueinc.com



I emailed back and asked if these would be sold directly or by Houge at all and he replied again saying no, they must be bought directly from Ruger in 30~60 days.

I'd be interested in some wood grips though if I pick one up. I'm trying to decide right now. Some of those threads about the trigger locking up and Ruger giving customers whole new pistols but not telling people WHY the trigger locked has me paranoid.

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You are in luck. Ruger should have these for sale in 30-60 days. We made a new smaller conceal carry grip for RUGER direct for these LCR's. They also will be available from Ruger retail in AZ., in the 30-60 day time also.

Thank you,

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Hogue Grips
ron@hogueinc.com
Can you clarify what "these" new grips look like. Pics?
Sorry... I can be easily confused.
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Don't want to bend your thread where you didn't want it to go, but . . . . the Crimson Trace grips do conceal nicely, and after you have used them under the conditions for which they were designed, you might change your mind. However, the price hurts. More options would be nice however.
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I have no problems pocket carry with original LCR grips, a pocket holster helps as well as technique.
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I stumbled across a nice pair of smooth rosewood finger groove grips at eagle grips. I am thinking of trying them out, b/c I also agree the hogue grips aren't the best for me for pocket carry, not so much b/c of bulk for me, but b/c the grips are so sticky in the pocket. Also I saw at gunblast.com that Ruger is coming out with a newer model lcr with smaller smooth plastic grips just for this reason. They have a pic of it on the site. And they are also coming out with a .357 magnum version of the lcr, same size, but with steel around the frame instead of aluminum. The Eagle grips are beautiful, but a little pricey at $79.95 - here's the link:

Ruger LCR Grips - Eagle Grips Inc.

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I bought these directly from Ruger. They conceal well. The only thing I'm not crazy about them. The front and back are rubber. The sides are a polymer type material. To me they are to smooth on the sides and my hand slips. I haven't even fired it with these grips yet.For concealability I think that's what you're looking for.

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Ruger Redhawk, those grips are the ones that come on the newer model lcr they have that I was talking about. I wasn't aware you could buy them seperately. Thanks for letting me know, I may get those instead, not as slick looking as the rosewood, but a much friendlier price.
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They also look like they retain the special "soft spot" in the web of the hand where the ruger logo is like the original hogue grips the lcr came with, which I read hogue developed especially for the lcr. That is nice b/c it seems to help a bit with recoil. I would imagine that these are the grips that kdogg recieved an email from Ron at hogue about earlier, as it states these are made by hogue on ruger's website.
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Ruger Redhawk, those grips are the ones that come on the newer model lcr they have that I was talking about. I wasn't aware you could buy them seperately. Thanks for letting me know, I may get those instead, not as slick looking as the rosewood, but a much friendlier price.
The one's on the Ruger site are a Bantam Boot Grip. The grip that comes on the LCR from Ruger is not the same grip. When they first came out they weren't speed loader friendly. They modified the original grip, They put a plastic strip to help with a speed loader.It helped some but still wasn't real good for speed loader use. The Boot grip the SL works fine.

So no the factory grips are not the same as on the Ruger on line store.

I think you'll be happy with the boot grip except for being so smooth on the sides.I'm sure there's a easy way to roughen them up.
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I bought these directly from Ruger. They conceal well. The only thing I'm not crazy about them. The front and back are rubber. The sides are a polymer type material. To me they are to smooth on the sides and my hand slips. I haven't even fired it with these grips yet.For concealability I think that's what you're looking for.

Hogue-LCR-Bantam_Boot-Grip-Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Wow, those look just about perfect for the LCR!
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Sorry, I may not have made it clear in my earlier post, I realize the bantam boot grips are not what comes on the current lcr, I have an lcr myself, I know they currently come with the normal finger groove hogue grips with the bumpy dots all over.
What I meant is that Ruger will soon be offering the lcr with the bantam boot grips already on them as an option to either the regular hogue grips or the crimson trace. There is a picture and video review of it, as well as the upcoming .357 lcr on gunblast.com. Here's the link if you want to check it out. Oh, and also the new lcr that comes with the bantam boot grips also comes standard with a tritium front night site!
Two New Ruger LCR Revolvers in 38 Special +P and 357 Magnum and a New Version of the Ruger SR-556 Rifle

Again though, I appreciate you letting me know I could get the bantam boot grips by themself w/o buying the new lcr, I did not realize that.

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Here's my $.02, those rosewood grips LOOK nice, and make it easier to pull from pocket, however, I don't pocket carry mine. I use IWB and prefer the Hogue grip, I get a better purchase on it, it sticks to my hand, and it's harder for the bad guy to get it out of my hand...
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That is definately a valid .02 cents. Carrying in the pocket is somewhat unprofessional I suppose, ideally a gun should always reside in a holster. When I wear jeans or slacks I also do IWB, but unfortunately I have a decent pot belly, and I like to wear track pants often, because I am lazy, and they are easy on my big belly, lol.
But anyway IWB doesn't work well with elastic waistbands in my experience, so that is when I tend to pocket carry. The lcr is very close to being a little too big for this application, but it does work, the factory hogue grips just make it a little sticky getting out of the pocket in a hurry. But I agree with you, they feel very nice, and give a good grip.
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I wear shorts with a belt all summer and we winter in the south so wear them a lot and carry the LCR with the Hogues in a pocket holster. It is much easier to carry than the SP but either works for me.
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